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Address: Museum Esplanade, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 05, Malta
Phone Number: +356 2145 4125
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

OPEN MONDAY - SUNDAY from 09.00 Till 17.00Hrs (last admission at...

OPEN MONDAY - SUNDAY from 09.00 Till 17.00Hrs (last admission at 16.30Hrs).

The mosaic pavements in the Domvs Romana at Rabat rank among the finest and oldest mosaic compositions from the western Mediterranean, alongside those of Pompeii and Sicily. They were discovered in 1881 just outside Mdina in the remains of a rich and sumptuously decorated town house of the Roman period. This museum was one of the very first to be opened to the public in Malta.The small museum of the Domvs Romana is built around the remains of a rich, aristocratic roman town house (domvs) which was accidentally discovered in 1881. Although very little remains from the house itself, the intricate mosaics which survived for centuries, as well as the artefacts found within the remains, are testimony of the original richness and story of this fantastic abode.The current Museum building does not only preserve some of the most precious Roman remains but also provides a glimpse into the lives of a Roman domestic household, from the actual division of roles in a Roman family, to fashion, education, entertainment, food and drink.

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Small, but quite interesting

This is a small museum with some nice mosaics and some Roman items. Only good value as we got tickets as part of a deal, with 3 other attractions. What we saw was interesting, but... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Lakenheath, Suffolk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This small Roman villa is worth visiting as it is fairly well-preserved. The floor mosaics are of course part of the draw, or the main part.

Thank YVRcockroach
Lakenheath, Suffolk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small museum with some nice mosaics and some Roman items. Only good value as we got tickets as part of a deal, with 3 other attractions. What we saw was interesting, but don't expect to stay very long.

Thank mrspinchy
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

but a bit underwhelming if you're looking for something spectacular. While it's a unique example of roman mosaic floor, and will offer a huge amount to anyone interested in history, at the end of the day it's a few floors with some statues and an attached museum. I loved it, but I could imagine it not suiting everyone

Thank Wildfalcon
Birkirkara, Malta
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed the walk through the Roman Villa. Lots of information well presented. Display of artifacts good but some lights were switched off! Impressive mosaic floors. The public toilet area needs a thorough renovation, feels like something from medieval times (very bad stench...health authorities should take a look at it!)

Thank Maria S
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We bought a combined ticket at this site which enabled us access to here, National Museum of Natural History, St Paul's Catacombs and the Sightseeing Train Tour. A very reasonable €9 for seniors. It is small so won't take more than 30 mins. We looked round while waiting for the train ride which runs on the hour. Some interesting pieces... More 

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Grobbendonk, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

it is well explained inside how the villa would look, and how the people lived in that era, the restorations are well presented and easy to axcess to take photographs, it was also cheap to enterdue to our malta discountcard (-50%)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

It's a Roman villa. The highlight is a room with a large mosaic on the floor. There are also statues and displays about the Roman era in Malta.

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

It was a time jump into Ancient Rome, in a house (domus) of a nobleman (patrician) or a wealthy merchant of the period. The restored pieces of mosaic are amazing, full of colors and giving hints of an extraordinary production technique. Plan around one hour for the visit. The location is the big plaza in front of the Citadel.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

There are lots of historically important places to be found on Malta, from neolithic times to the WW2. This Roman house gives a very interesting and informative insight in how life on Malta was back in Roman times. Of course, no comparison to Pompey or Rome itself, but very good insight for the extensive overview of people living on Malta... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Since we were already in Mdina, we added this site as part of our day trip. It certainly was worth the time and price (6 euros I believe). We definitely learned a lot! A site to take children to if you want them to gain some education on the history.

Thank JourneyDawn715

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